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speaks out all the rest of the world may not be listening. we will have a live report. -- libya's leader. dozens of rivers still rising in the midwest. here's the cast of season 12. >> the new stars of the ballroom. good morning washington continues right now. >> live and in hd, this is "good morning washington," on your side. >> good morning, washington. it is 6:00 on this tuesday, the first day of march. i am scott thuman. >> i am alison starling. thanks for being with us. it is 6:00. there's breaking news downtown. first, adam caskey has lots of changes in the forecast. >> big changes. ups and downs in terms of the characters over the next week. that is typical of march. it's tuesday, march 1.
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notice the clouds have cleared out over the ocean. is an area of high-pressure selling over us and that will bring us sunshine today and tomorrow. that's pushing east. a southerly wind will kick in the bop are tempered results for tomorrow. it will be breezy tomorrow. it's 33 downtown right now. 32 at dulles airport. 37 in fredericksburg. highs in the upper 40's this afternoon with a lot of sunshine. near 60 degrees tomorrow, mostly sunny. let's go to lisa baden now. accident investigation inside the southbound third street tunnel with an accident that occurred around 12:30 this morning. now the southbound tunnel is open. the lanes are reduced as you access from d street. traffic is no longer forced to pass the exit on new york avenue to go down before d street.
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now you can access that. for what to expect, brianne carter is on the scene. >> we had only seen traffic getting by on the northbound lanes. a little while ago they did open the southbound lanes. we are seeing traffic moving in both directions at this hour, a good thing for the morning rush hour. this stems from an accident investigation they have been working since the accident happened around 12:15 this morning. a dpw crew was working inside the tunnel on the left shoulder. three workers were inside when a car came through the work zone, giving them from the rear. one woman that we believe was the driver was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. we understand from the parties that she later died at the hospital. but the workers were also taken to the hospital with non-
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threatening injuries. police were here through the morning and we saw in accident reconstruction team working to determine exactly what happened. on the identity of that woman, we haven't yet to gap that. the investigation is ongoing. -- we have yet to get the identity of that woman. traffic is moving in both directions. back to you. >> thank you. protesters take control of city after city in libya as a move toward the capital. >> moammar gaddafi faces growing international pressure. he still insists its people love him. pamela brown is live outside the libyan embassy with new developments this morning. good morning. >> good morning. that's right, protesters are getting a boost from international leaders. britain and nato allies are making plans to send warplanes to libya to arm the rebels. moammar gaddafi denies that there is an uprising against him.
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as a growing number of emboldened protesters closed in around the capital city, libyan leader moammar gaddafi repeatedly denies there are any protesters at all pin his country. in an interview with abc, moammar gaddafi says it is not his people, is al qaeda. >> all my people love me. >> he says that his regime has not used any brutal force against protesters. >> this is a lie. >> international leaders are uniting to almost the libyan leader with strict sanctions. billions of his money now frozen and u.s. warships are poised to prevent another attack on protesters. >> it's time for him to go. >> he laughed at the idea. >> why do i leave my homeland/
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[laughter] >> at noon today the u.s. embassy will raise a flag used during the pre-gaddafi era. silver spring man will spend five years in prison after being convicted of visa fraud. raheem pleaded guilty to making false statements on immigration documents. a judge gave an enhanced sentenced because of the terrorist threat that he apparently made. prosecutors say that it threatens to blow up the white house, the treasury building, a federal courthouse, and a metro stop. now to news on the hill, there may be a deal to avoid a government shutdown at least for now. republican bill under consideration would keep the government running through march 18. it, also, contains $4 billion in spending cuts.
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some democrats have criticized the bill, the white house says president obama may support the bill. >> democratic leaders in congress resisted even this until a few days ago. now they started to suggest they might be willing to agree to it. this is progress. >> republicans are calling for deeper cuts in future spending bills. those cuts could affect popular and entitlement programs like social security and medicare. wisconsin governor scott walker is set to release a budget plan that includes major cuts to schools and local government. his efforts to strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights led to massive protests at the state capital. those are still going on. d.c. schools are bracing for the latest budget and there are some fears that more cuts could come to the classroom. budgets were supposed to be released today, but that will be delayed. when the budgets are released, schools will likely be forced to lay off teachers and staff. last year they proposed $17.7
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million in cuts. but no teaching positions were lost. the city faces a $545 million deficit in 2012. 7 is on your side with a health alert about measles. a woman from new mexico may have come into contact with people in the d.c. area. she went to the potbelly sandwich shop on irving street on the february 21 and may have come into contact with bus riders traveling from georgetown to columbia heights. she arrived at dulles airport on february 20 and left from bwi marshall two days later. just above 34 degrees outside, 6:37. -- 6:07. >> charlie sheen, the meltdown still strong. >> selling synthetic marijuana is now against the law starting
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i am executive director of the arts center in adams morgan where we provide arts education to young people in d.c. regardless of their family's ability to pay. find out more at citar arts center website. good morning, washington. temperatures around the freezing mark at d.c.. it's 34 in quantico and 36 in annapolis. there's a northerly breeze at 5-
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15. you will feel that periodically this morning. it is dropping the wind chill down into the 20's. it feels like we are in the 20's from time to time despite air temperatures in the low to mid 30's for most of us. high temperatures in the upper 40's near 60 degrees with sunshine, much colder than yesterday. it was 72 late yesterday morning at reagan national. sunshine the rest of this week. increasing clouds with isolated sprinkles late friday. upper 50's tomorrow, 40's on thursday. how about the commute? traffic growing on 66 in manassas and 50, fair oaks. looks good on 395. the third street tunnel southbound is open from end to end. they were documented and overnight crash. of's show you a live picture 270 southbound from urbana getting to hyattstown, normal
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volume. and there's a crash near fort meade, this is 198 eastbound after the baltimore-washington parkway. looks like one to the left is getting around the afterand accident clean up. that is after 295. back to you. >> thank you. a massive streetscape project in adams morgan gets underway today. work will be done on 18th street from florida avenue to columbia road. it will be wider, streetlights improved, and drainage. some businesses say the project will hurt their bottom line. intercounty connector there will be one bus route running from gaithersburg to fort meade while the other runs from gaithersburg to pay bwi marshall airport. that will be free for the next two weeks. it's 34 degrees.
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captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- welcome back. the third street tunnel is back open after being closed because of a deadly accident overnight. a woman died when two cars collided after midnight. three people were taken to the hospital with not life- threatening injuries. there's no word on what caused the crash. libyan leader moammar gaddafi it tells abc news that there are no demonstration in his country and that he has not ordered to kill the protesters. protesters are nearing the capital city now> the first
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deepwater drilling permits has been issued for the gulf of mexico. it allows them to resume work that started just days before the oil rig exploded last april. in the day ahead, a maryland house panel will vote on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage made in the state. if that measure passes, it could come up for final votes in the house as early as thursday. governor o'malley has said he would sign that bill if it reaches his desk. a drug that has been growing more popular is now illegal. federal drug officials have banned the sale of the ingredients used to make synthetic marijuana. brad bell has more details and how one local school is fighting the spread of a spice. >> that local school is the naval academy. we have learned that spies had become quite popular their last year. somber and dames
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although it's called spice. it has serious health problems and they have banned it as of today on an emergency basis. eight midshipmen so far have been kicked out of the u.s. naval academy and several more are under investigation for doing what this youtube video demonstrates, smoking a blend of herbs laced with a synthetic version of the active ingredient in marijuana. it is called spice. >> $20 for 4 grams. >> it became popular last year because it was legal. then last fall day d.e.a. ordered the product out of stores. now the emergency rules outlaw a this drug the d.e.a. considers dangerous. >> it is like playing russian roulette. >> until now it was widely available on line. according to several unnamed midshipmen, it became popular at
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the academy last year because it does not show up on drug tests. bork's most uncommon at the academy superintendent issued a statement saying that the academy's purpose is to produce leaders and we will not graduate any illicit drug user, this type of character flaw is incompatible with leading the sailors of the 21st century, says the naval academy. >> it makes sense why they were kicked out. >> everybody makes mistakes. i don't even pink unable academy is immune. >> they are not immune. they're not alone, not the only college campus where this spies had become a problem. but the military had already banned impt. now it has been outlawed by the d.e.a. as of today nationwide. bad bell reporting from arlington. back to you. >> thank you. marylanders's health
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secretary is against a proposal to legalize marijuana in that state. the doctor says that the move would force the officials to create a new office to deal with marijuana issues. the sponsor of the bill says that he's ready to work with the officials to address that concern. the district may be making progress when it comes to a new breathalyzer test. it's not clear when it will start being used. yesterday d.c. council members said they were frustrated by the lack of progress in developing a more accurate test. a new report says the d.c. government broke the law when it released its two luxury suv's for council chair kwame brown. the city is banned from purchasing or leasing vehicles that get less than 22 miles a gallon. brown returned if the trucks after it was revealed that cost taxpayers about $4,000 a month. gas prices are up and automobile rankings are out.
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now those stories and more. >> good morning. we begin your money scope report with surging gas prices. the national average for a gallon of unleaded jumped 19 cents in the past week to $3.38, the second-highest one-week jump on record behind the spike that followed hurricane katrina. unrest in the middle east has sent prices soaring. rising fuel prices will be on the agenda as ben bernanke begins two days of congressional testimony. he's expected to save the economy will pick up more speed this year, but not enough to quickly lower the unemployment rate. ford made the biggest gains, in road tests and reliability, but honda and subaru make the best vehicles overall. at&t customers can now get special mobile deals and promotions based on their location appeared they will receive an offer by a text message if they are near of participating store.
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i am peggy bunker. time for traffic and weather. >> lots of changes. >> we will have daylight over st. bay this morning, this early in the day -- over the bay. a little choppy on the water with winds gusting approve 20 miles an hour. it will be much clearer today than yesterday. we will have a lot of sunshine. clear skies over the metro area as well. a lot of sunshine, but not as warm as of today. 33 downtown right now with winds out of the north at 12. gusting up to 23. that makes it feels like we are in the 20's at times. 49 is the high temperatures today. it was 72 yesterday. today is march 1. it marks the beginning of meteorological spring. march, april, and may are
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considered spring. happy spring. it's not going to feel much like it with temperatures in the upper 40's. tomorrow we jump into the upper 50's. then down again on thursday. this is a typical yo-yo effect in terms of their produce for the extended forecast, very indicative of march weather. by friday, increasing clouds anticipated and maybe a late day sprinkle especially north of town. it's unlikely. a better chance of a few showers on sunday with more of a soaking rain. now the commute with lisa baden. slow out of frederick into montgomery county, southbound on 273 no accidents on 109. everything is open farther south. at montrose road, the red is southbound moving at speed. 52 the vienna metro is normal. 95 is ok, but the headlights on the left are the normal delays out of woodbrige.
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metro rail as normal service systemwide. back to you. >> thank you. 6:21, 34 degrees. >> coming up, a ban on tanning salons four teenagers and the power of positive thinking. >> later today, you will be amazed by oprah's most talented kids, at 4:00 on abc 7.
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hollywood is mourning the loss of an icon today. jane russell died from respiratory failure at her house in california yesterday. she won all zero million male hearts during world war ii as a in a pearl. she starred in several movies and was a leading sex symbol. she starred in a movie with marilyn monroe, "gentlemen prefer blondes." she was 89 years old. doctors' group wants teenagers to be banned from tanning salons to reduce their risk of getting skin cancer. more than the 30 states already regulated standing by minors. the american academy of pediatrics also says kids should learn about the dangers of ultraviolet radiation at an early age. thinking positively could be key to keeping your mortality. a new study says heart patients with an optimistic outlook are more likely to be healthier and
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survive longer than those with a pessimistic views. researchers say it does not mean heart patients with negative thoughts will die sooner. >> i guess it all goes back to stress. a more stress you have, the more body -- the more it takes a toll on your body. we have it all figured out. we still have another half- hour of good morning washington ahead. >> the karate kid makes his dancing debut. we will tell you who else. >> moammar gaddafi's shocking claims in his first one-on-one interview since the uprising, a live report is coming up. >> march 1, adam caskey in the weather center. >> march 1, adam caskey in the weather center. debitors
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>> straight ahead on a tuesday anti-government supporters are getting closer to the stronghold of there. good morning, washington. it is hard to believe this is the first day of march. >> we begin with your traffic and weather every 10 minutes. we have the first forecast with adam. >> a lot of sunshine. a beautiful day. look at the time lapse that we have a from the naval academy. the sun is not up yet of course. mostly sunny today. temperature is right around freezing right now. a few degrees below freezing. at a reagan national, 33. 37 in fredericksburg. mostly sunny skies.
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temperatures are near average. a little bit warmer tomorrow. ups and downs in temperature. near 60 degrees tomorrow. near 60 degrees by saturday. that is it for the weather. lisa, how about traffic? >> an accident in the third street tunnel was and an issue until a few hours ago. you are forced to stay to the right, because police are still on the scene wrapping up the final investigation. with the details on how the accident occurred and what to expect, we go to our reporter live on the scene. >> traffic is moving in both directions. the left lane is blocked. stay to the right. as we head into the thick of things in the morning rush,
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traffic is able to get by. we understand some -- this stems from an accident that happened this morning. workers work inside the tunnel and a crew was part of the left shoulder of the southbound lane. a worker was inside when a car came through the work zone, hitting him in the rear. an adult woman was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. we believe the driver died later at the hospital. some were taken to the hospital with non a life-threatening injuries. the accident reconstruction team was out here as well, trying to determine what happened in this investigation. the identity of the woman has yet to be released by police. traffic is moving in both directions. we see a bit of a slowdown in lane.aying --his
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>> thanks. muammar gaddafi says that his people loved him and insists that he is not stepping down. >>muammar gaddafi denies that there is an uprising against him. as a growing number of emboldened protesters closed in around the capital city, libyan leader moammar gaddafi repeatedly denies there are any protesters at all pin his country. in an interview with abc, moammar gaddafi says it is not his people, is al qaeda. >> all my people love me. >> he says that his regime has not used any brutal force against protesters.
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international leaders are stepping up -- >> this is a lie. >> international leaders are uniting to almost the libyan leader with strict sanctions. billions of his money now frozen and u.s. warships are poised to prevent another attack on protesters. 2000 marines are headed for the mediterranean. british and nato allies are making plans to bring more planes to libya. they will raise a flag during the pre-gaddafi era in a symbolic gesture to defy his regime. abc 7 news. >> thanks. there is word of another escalade of mishaps in metro. yesterday morning, an escalator jolted to a halt, causing writers to fall.
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the problem seems to have stemmed from a handrail. no one was hurt. silver spring man will spend five years in prison after being convicted of visa fraud. raheem pleaded guilty to making false statements on immigration documents. a judge gave an enhanced sentenced because of the terrorist threat that he apparently made. prosecutors say that it threatens to blow up the white house, the treasury building, a federal courthouse, and a metro stop. now to news on the hill, there may be a deal to avoid a government shutdown at least for now. republican bill under consideration would keep the government running through march 18. it, also, contains $4 billion in spending cuts. some democrats have criticized the bill, the white house says president obama may support the bill. nurses at the d.c. washington center is -- are planning a strike. they are urging some people to join them around the area.
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they say the labor unrest in wisconsin is invigorating their efforts. the hospital says it has plenty of nurses and will remain open. 7 is on your side with a health alert about measles. a woman from new mexico may have come into contact with people in the d.c. area. she went to the potbelly sandwich shop on irving street on the february 21 and may have come into contact with bus riders traveling from georgetown to columbia heights. she arrived at dulles airport on february 20 and left from bwi marshall two days later. >> 35 degrees. more fallout for charlie sheen. fans react to his latest grant. and dancing with the stars is coming next season.
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>> good morning. 6:39 is the time on this tuesday. >> we will check in with our chief meteorologist joining us with the weather forecasts. >> it looks pretty good. clear skies and temperatures around 33 degrees.
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not bad considering yesterday we were staring down the line of the various showers to the west. we were wondering what it would it did to us. very little. now the sunshine. a big change over yesterday's this time. most serious around 30 degrees. 33 degrees at reagan national. a bit of a breeze out there driving the wind chills down. satellite and radar shores -- shows this is advancing to the east and out of the way. lower michigan up near the great lakes, they are affected. sunshine for the next couple of days. we hit 70 degrees yesterday. we will see a rapid warming up
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and a drop in temperatures thursday. up and down all week. no weather worries at the moment. very nice of meteorological spring. >> thanks. take a look of the roadways with lisa. >> route 4, delays are expected up through the corner route would garden. route 50 slowing as you get northeast. no problems to report on the 270. there are delays at 118. 95, the lays out of woodbridge. -- delays out of woodbridge.
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>> 35 degrees outside. it is 6:41. >> a step closer to preventing a government shutdown. we will have the details. he is wortht think it. he is wortht think it.
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>> they are sleep deprived and desperate. parents and babies cannot cannot off peacefully. there is a special sleet consultant or baby whisper. the secret to getting a good night's sleep tonight at 5:00. from domestic abuse to public grants, charlie sheen is facing a host of problems. >> he is speaking out, answering people who say he is
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in a downward spiral. >> charlie sheen is talking. people are listening because of his outrageous rent. >> i think we have to move on from that guy. >> and he sat down monday for an extended talk with abc and other media outlets. he unleashed his venom against his former boss, cbs. they suspended production of his successful sitcom because of his erratic off-screen behavior. he was partying and admitted the drug use. last night, he said he feels betrayed by his bosses and is thinking about taking legal action against them. many have heard of his troubles in his rent. >> as long as he does not hurt
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anyone or do anything wrong to anyone else, he has every right to be a party animal. >> i think it is a rap for him. >> you can see more of his one- on-one interview coming up this morning at 7:00 on "good morning america." an unprecedented move involving a montgomery county fire station. the chief has issued a takeover of order. he says it has become so chaotic at station 15 that someone will have to come in and oversee its. their allegations is that the fire house is more like a fraternity house that is wild. >> destruction of property, delays in responding to calls. >> and onto the career officer has been put in charge and volunteer firefighters say it is in retaliation of their efforts to oppose a counterproposal.
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no one has been suspended and no arrests have been made. people in the west into the south are cleaning up damage left by severe tornadoes that touched down in indiana, kentucky, and tennessee. one person died. some neighborhoods are under water. more damage is expected as the rivers keep rising. a congressional compromise could mean no government shutdown. >> it looks like they are buying some time here. this is not a permanent fix. >> we will fight this battle this week into the next week after. they agreed to an extension. democrats came around and agreed to this two week extension. the white house is on board.
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congress will come back after a recess today and will have a vote thursday to avoid a friday shut down. next week will be the serious debate between the house and the senate regarding the fiscal year demands that the republicans want. >> we are seeing john vader saying we will not play this game. >> he is pushing hard on that. the white house has to deal with the two weeks. they are sold grain to a certain figure to delay the shutdown. the republicans have won on one war. they are getting some of the cuts they want. >> a hopeful sign of them working together. >> this is both sides of recognizing the political peril
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of a government shutdown. obama does not want to get distracted by a shutdown. we will have this same conversation again in two weeks. >> good to see you. time to check on traffic and the weather. let's go to upper chief meteorologist. -- our chief meteorologist. >> it looks pretty good out there. the sunshine is up above the bay. it will be beautiful weather throughout the day. we will be around 40 to 50 degrees. that is high as we will get. 33 degrees in reagan national airport. a little bit of a breeze out of the north knocking the chill down a bit.
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28 degrees in germantown. a chilly start, but a very pleasant day. the high pressure gets closer and closer. the cold front moves further out to sea. a big change in the weather tomorrow. the cold front will move through late tomorrow evening. another day of sunshine thursday. much chilly temperatures are expected. near 50 degrees with the sunshine. warm and sunny tomorrow. low to mid 40's sunshine on thursday. no major storms. it may be sunday the next time we have storm is.
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we have somewhat of a spring kicking off. >> thanks. lisa, what is the latest with the traffic? 3rd street tunnel, there was a fatal crash. only the left side is tied up. travel times are in our favor on 95 between richmond and baltimore. 66 is good. 270 is normal. look at this volume, estimated between a 20 minute ride. here is the george washington parkway. north of reagan national into port, it is moving nicely right now. no problems on the 123.
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>> i am on a job -- drug. it is called charlie sheen. >> the abc news special. >> more celebrities head back to the ballroom. >> the new cast of dancing with the stars includes the carotid kid. karate kid, ralph
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machio. >> chris jericho, the wrestler along with a model. if you love pancakes, and i know you do, today is your lucky day. it is national pancake day at ihop restaurant . they are giving away a short stack today. last year's event raised more than $2 million. >> nothing better than getting more free pancakes. in with lisa regarding traffic.
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i am salivating. i love those not pancakes that they have. you're going to love what i show you. no accidents right now. northbound o95. we had a soaking rain yesterday. now off to a lot of sunshine. the temperatures are up and down. we will be near 60 degrees tomorrow. down again on thursday. monday, we could have a soaking rain. no two days are alike in terms of what to wear.
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